Hasn’t this been a great week on the SBV porch. I love reading about Lisa’s new book. I’ve been in a deadline and preparing to teach at a writer’s retreat and writer’s conference back-to-back, so reading is not a luxury right now.
But I paused to spend some time with my belle Lisa and Firefly Island, and please, y’all, she makes me want to hang up my writing shoes and use my iMac for movies and video games.
Dang, the girl can write. I know Beth Webb said it more eloquently, but I’m fighting a descending cold and going to just say it like it is.
But don’t take my word for it. Read some of Firefly Island for yourself.
The heroine Mallory is mulling over a CNN interview. About what, we don’t know yet, but she says this:
“For a CNN, you’ll do thing you wouldn’t do for anyone else. You’ll attempt to flatten you life like a map, smooth your hands over it, letting nothing hide in the wrinkles.”
Beautiful. Brilliant. I’m there in the moment. LOVE the imagery of flattening out her life like a map. Can’t you just see that? Emotionally as well as physically.
After a tense conversation with her mother:
“My indignation fumed in a dozen different directions, sending off molten spears like sparklers… no, a sunspot. More like a sunspot.”
I can just see her anger. I can feel it. This is what an author is supposed to do. Bring us into the story.
Near the end. Lisa is still going strong:
“It sounds so strange when you say it all out loud — speak it into the air and let it hover there, the entire journey from the white space at one end of the map, where a girl rushed through the Capitol Building, not even noticing the sights and sounds of spring, to here. Such an unlikely journey, a life-changing road trip of epic proportions.”
Love how Lisa ties up the map theme and brings us back around the beginning at the end of the book.
I sniff an award or two in the air. Blessings on you and this story, Lisa!!
Happy Valentines Day!
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